How You Can Make Your AC Ready for Springtime
Your air conditioner needs quite a bit of maintenance to ensure that it will cool your home not just adequately but also efficiently. After all, efficiency is what you’re looking for, even in the springtime when you don’t run the AC that much. Consider the following steps that will boost your cooling system’s functioning and help it perform optimally throughout the summer without breaking down.
Clean or Replace the Filter
The filter in your AC captures indoor particles before they cover the components inside the air handler and weaken its ability to draw heat from your home. However, once the filter is soiled and clogged with these particles, it actually becomes an obstacle to air circulation.
Some filters can be reused. All you do is vacuum off the dust and debris and, if there’s grime buildup, soak the filter in a solution of vinegar and warm water. Most of the time, though, homeowners use an average pleated filter, and these should simply be replaced when they’ve outlived their purpose.
Unblock the Vent Registers
The supply vents in your walls and floors shouldn’t have to meet with interference from furniture, rugs, or other objects. Clear these out of the way, even if that means rethinking the entire layout of a room. It will take pressure off the system and allow the motor to serve you more efficiently for many years to come.
Clean the Condenser Coil
The condenser coil in the outdoor unit needs to stay clean because its job is to dispel the heat drawn out of your home. You can take care of it with a soft cloth, a comb for the fins, and water. You should also make sure the condenser has a clear area all around it.
Request Professional Maintenance
These DIY projects are all worthwhile, but they won’t do enough by themselves to guarantee maximum efficiency. Only a professional eye can detect all that might go wrong with your AC, so consider arranging for maintenance. The system will be thoroughly cleaned, lubricated, and inspected. Lurking problems will be nipped in the bud.
If you’re anywhere in or near Philadelphia, rely on our technicians at Peters Associates to tune up your AC this spring and your heater next fall. We handle a complete range of heating and cooling maintenance, installation, and repair. Several generations of our family have been serving customers in this area for far more than half a century. Call us today to schedule an appointment.